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Oberlin College – National Intelligence Panel

April 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Navigating National Security: Intelligence Gathering in the Digital Age

Thursday, April 16, 2015

7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion – Apollo Theatre, Oberlin, OH

This event is free and open to the public.

Balancing the needs of national security and American citizens’ fundamental right to privacy is a complex and challenging issue. Even before the Snowden affair, mainstream media was reporting on sweeping electronic collection of data from tens of millions of individuals. Some experts see such intelligence gathering as an important tool for maintaining national security. Others believe the surveillance has gone too far and is infringing our rights.

Navigating National Security: Intelligence Gathering in the Digital Age panelists

  • Peter Lavoy ’83
  • Scott Sagan ’77
  • Jennifer Sims ’75
  • Robert Jervis ’62
  • Robert Gallucci
  • Diana Wueger ’06
  • Joe Alhadeff ’81
  • Judith Klavans ’68


Joseph Alhadeff ’81

Joseph Alhadeff is the Vice President for Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer for Oracle Corporation, one of the world’s leading suppliers of information management software. He is responsible for coordinating and managing Oracle’s global privacy and public policy issues and serves a prominent role in several influential international organizations dedicated to Internet policy, security, and privacy. A graduate of Oberlin College, Alhadeff also holds an MBA in management and information systems as well as a Juris Doctorate.

Robert L. Gallucci

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Robert L. Gallucci formerly served as president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. As Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the U.S. State Department, he dealt with the threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction and was chief U.S. negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994. Galluci also served as the Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq after the first Gulf War.

Robert Jervis ’62

Robert Jervis is Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics at Columbia University. In 2000-01, he was President of the American Political Science Association and has received career achievement awards from the International Society of Political Psychology. Author of many books, his recent titles include Why Intelligence Fails: Lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War and American Foreign Policy in a New Era. In 2006, he received the National Academy of Science’s tri-annual award for behavioral sciences contributions to avoiding nuclear war. He chairs the Historical Review Panel for CIA and is an Intelligence Community associate.

Peter R. Lavoy ’83

A partner at Monitor 360, Peter R. Lavoy is recognized in national security strategy, Asian politics, and government transformation. With over 20 years of U.S. government experience, Lavoy has served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, and National Intelligence Officer for South Asia. A graduate of Oberlin with a doctorate in political science, Lavoy has edited several books and written considerably on Asian security and weapons proliferation. He is a recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal and other awards and recognitions.

Scott D. Sagan ’77

Scott D. Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, the Mimi and Peter Haas University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. He serves as co-chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Global Nuclear Future Initiative and chair of the Steering Committee for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Initiative on Ethics, Technology, and War. Sagan is the author of Moving Targets: Nuclear Strategy and National Security and The Limits of Safety: Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons.

Dr. Jennifer E. Sims ’75

Jennifer Sims, Senior Fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, is a consultant on intelligence and homeland security for private corporations and the US government as well as a member of the Senior Advisory Group to the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to this, she was Director of Intelligence Studies and a Visiting Professor in Security Studies at Georgetown University. In 1998, Sims received the intelligence community’s highest civilian award, the National Distinguished Service Medal. She is currently writing a history of intelligence in international politics and has published extensively on intelligence theory, reform, and counterintelligence.

Diana Wueger ’06
Diana is a research assistant with the Center on Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School, where she has worked on a range of research projects related to strategic stability, nuclear and naval strategy, limited war, US-Russian relations, and South Asian security and deterrence dynamics. She has recently completed her Master’s degree in National Security Affairs, with a curricular focus in Strategic Studies. Her Master’s thesis examined the theoretical foundations of sea-based deterrence with an eye toward understanding the regional security implications of India’s efforts to develop a ballistic missile submarine fleet.


April 16, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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